Top Five Strange Houses
By Alex Moss
If there’s one thing we know about, it’s how to #LoveHome. A house is not automatically a home; the latter is imprinted on the building by you and your family over time to create a space full of quirks and idiosyncrasies.
There are, however, some homes that are stranger than others and we decided to search out some of the weirdest homes out there in the world. Here are our top five:
Transparent House, Japan
It’s all about light. Ask anyone, the more light you have in your house the better you feel. But this might be taking things a little too far. This house in Japan is all glass. It means everyone can see everything. It also means you can’t throw stones. Which is a pity.
Thinnest House in the World, Poland
In modern living, space is always at a premium. So spare a thought for the resident of this house in Warsaw, Poland. It’s all of 3ft wide at its narrowest point and 5ft at its widest. That means if you put out your arms you’ll be able to touch the walls with both hands. Maybe avoid buying any furniture.
Greenhouse House, Sweden
In the modern era we’re all about sustainability and this house, built by Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto, takes that to new levels. Living in Sweden can equate to very cold winters so the solution was to build a greenhouse around their entire house. It means the sun’s heat is kept in the construction with the bedrock of the house absorbing the residual heat. The couple are able to grow vegetables all year round while always being able to sit outside, even when it’s cold out-outside, so to speak.
Upside Down House, Taiwan
It might feel like a cruel practical joke played on someone returning home after an alcohol fuelled night out but this abode is in fact part of an art installation. It goes to show just how important gravity and perspective our in the world we live in. It comes complete with all the fixtures you’d expect, but upside down, including a garage with a car parked on the floor, or ceiling, we can’t quite figure it out.
Let’s be honest, if you’ve got a New York penthouse apartment with multiple floors the thought of stairs is just going to become, well, boring. So it makes sense that architect David Hoston and interior designer Ghislaine Viñas should prefer to use a slide and climbing wall to get around the home.